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JULY 1999 | Volume 284 No. 1
The Truth About Dogs

Why do dogs hang around people? Do they intend to help us out? What are the real differences between breeds? "In the past couple of years," the author writes, "new scientific evidence has started to confirm just how weird the relationship between dogs and human beings is -- and how different it is from what we tend to think it is."

by Stephen Budiansky

Winning the War for the West

The conventional view holds that ranchers are federally subsidized despoilers of the natural world. But even some environmentalists are beginning to change their minds.

by Perri Knize

The False Promise of Slave Redemption

The humanitarian effort to buy the freedom of Sudanese slaves has produced indelible images in newspapers and on television. A firsthand report suggests that it has also bolstered the slave trade.

by Richard Miniter
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Notes & Comment:
Apollo 11, Apartheid, and TV

Until the mid-1970s growing up in South Africa meant growing up without television.
by Rob Nixon

A Bold Experiment to Fix City Schools

Depending on whom you listen to -- conservative or liberal -- vouchers are either a lifeline or a death knell for America's urban public schools. Yet a case can be made for vouchers that everyone can support -- and the time for a "grand bargain" is at hand.
by Matthew Miller

Humor, Fiction & Poetry

A poem
by Jane Hirshfield

Unknown Bird
A poem
by W. S. Merwin

From Mutton Island
A short story
by Beth Lordan

A drawing
by Guy Billout

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Arts & Leisure

Italy's Greatest Seaport

Genoa was once the rival of Venice, but today is scarcely in the running as a tourist destination. The author finds that the very neglect of the city has been a form of enhancement.
by Peter Davison

Sonny Rollins at Sixty-eight

He has endured decades of personal turmoil, but as the nineties draw to a close, Sonny Rollins is once again the most highly regarded saxophonist in jazz.
by George W. Goodman


"How Can the Light Deny the Dark?"
Juneteenth, by Ralph Ellison
by Robert G. O'Meally

The Money Artist
Boggs: A Comedy of Values, by Lawrence Weschler
by Toby Lester

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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The July Almanac

The Puzzler
by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

Word Court
by Barbara Wallraff

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